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    Food for though- thanks.


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    The two brands that professionals typically use are ICOM and Standard Horizon. It would be difficult to find another brand being used on a commercial ship. Either of these brands would last a recreational user for years.

    Both of these brands sell floating handheld VHFs --- ICOM has one for about $170 that has a flashing light that starts flashing if it's dropped in the water-- even if it's off.

    I have the floating Standard HX290 which runs about $110-115 through Amazon or Cabelas plus Standard has a $20 rebate on it right now--- it has a full 3 year warranty and there is a flat rate repair charge to fix it if should break after that. It's a very high quality unit (full 5 watts) and easy to use. iMHO it's the best handheld VHF for the money on the market.

    They also have a higher end floating unit with built in GPS if that's of interest to you.

    I got my FCC license back in the early 80s which was required back then to operate a VHF but a license is no longer required in the US----you just gotta remember that it is a federal crime to use a VHF anywhere except when you're actually on the water (meaning no "ship to shore" communications if one unit is on the shore). This is taken very seriously by the Feds and the Coast Guard who have triangulation equipment the use to pinpoint distress calls that they also use to pinpoint land base use. Fines can be very high even for a first offense.

    Here's a good summary on VHS usage from West Marine--

    http://www.marine-movers.com/VHFRadioUsage.html

    But as long as you never use it on land, you'll be fine--A VHF radio is a great safety device and a good way to talk with your riding buddies as well as commercial traffic and, if you're on a river, very helpful when you use a lock to talk with the lockmaster.

    Remember if you get one of the high powered FRS "family radios" rather thana VHF, an FCC license is required before you operate them on land or water--- I believe you just have to fill out a form and send it in with some money to get an FRS license but it's more $$ and hassle.
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    Pretty sure icom doesn't even make radios....

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    Pretty sure icom doesn't even make radios....
    One of the largest radio manufacturers in the world......over 80 countries----.Avionics ( for commercial and private planes) marine, shortwave, Police and fire dept, etc......the US Marines and the Depertment of Defense use their radios as well.....

    Here's their US website...

    http://www.icomamerica.com/en/
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    Ya I know them well. I would not assume that all the products they sell they also make.

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    Ya I know them well. I would not assume that all the products they sell they also make.
    and your point is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetboater View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by r33pwrd View Post
    Ya I know them well. I would not assume that all the products they sell they also make.
    and your point is?
    Nothing more than they don't make all their products. A lot of them are private labeled. Nothing wrong with it just letting you know.

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    Doesn't matter to me-- and you'll note I said in my original post that ICOM and Standard "sell" handhelds rather than "make" handhelds.....

    I have no evidence that anyone other than ICOM makes ICOM products but who cares? As long as it is up to ICOMs quality standards, it doesn't matter who owns the plant it was made in---- look at Apple---- they make none of their iPhones and IPads-- all made to their specs in plants owned by other companies......


    The OP asked for advice about VHF radios---ICOM is one of, if not the top, brands on the market......which plant they are made in and who owns that plant is irrelevant to this discussion.
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    That's cool I was just informing you no reason to get bent out of shape. And there is a difference from using a contract manufacturer and private labeling. Apple uses a cm Safeway private labels their food.

    Again just informing you no reason to get upset.

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    No problem....

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